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Open Access Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS) in Tobacco Control in China

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Objectives: To examine the prevalence of smoking, second-hand smoke exposure, and attitudes toward tobacco control and cessation training among university students in China. Methods: We administered the Global Health Professions Student Survey (GHPSS) to students from 50 universities offering medical/ health professional (MHP) programs and received 11,954 responses. Non-MHP students, MHP students, and third-year MHP students comprised the sample. Descriptive statistics were calculated for weighted prevalence and 95% confidence intervals. Key factors of interest and attitudes toward medical smoking cessation were examined using logistic regression. Results: Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke was higher among non-MHP (15.9%, 31.9%) than MHP (7.0%, 21.2%) students. For third-year MHP students, the rates were 6.9% and 19.7%, respectively. Students held positive attitudes toward smoking bans in public places and cessation services. However, few received formal training in smoking cessation, and 37.0% agreed that light cigarettes are less harmful to health. Positive attitudes toward cessation services were related to several factors. Conclusions: This study is the first comprehensive survey of students in China providing direction for building capacity in tobacco control and smoking cessation among students in health professional programs.

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Keywords: CHINA; GLOBAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDENT SURVEY; SECOND-HAND SMOKE; SMOKING CESSATION; TOBACCO CONTROL

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China. [email protected] 2: Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China 3: School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada; Faculty of Sciences, Australia Catholic University Melboourne, Australia 4: Center for Tobacco Control Research, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China; Guangdong Medical College, Dongguan, China 5: The Center for Tobacco Control Research, Department of Health Sciences, California State University, Northridge, CA, USA

Publication date: 01 September 2015

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